Good Morning Mr. Orwell
Jul 17, 2014 ― Jan 21, 2015
Nam June Paik Art Center, 1F, 2F
Lorenzo Bianda, Sompot Chidgasornpongse, Exonemo, Harun Farocki, Finger Pointing Worker, Paul Garrin, Mona Hatoum, Okin Collective, William Kentridge, Kim Taiyun & Yoon Ji Hyun, Lee Boorok, Liz Magic Laser, Jill Magid, Bjørn Melhus, Nam June Paik, Remove Architecture, Song Sanghee
Ahn Sohyun, Lee Sooyoung
The satellite’s amplification of the freedom of the strong must be accompanied by the protection of the culture of the weak or by the creation of a diverse software skillfully bringing to life the qualitative differences in various cultures.
– Nam June Paik, Art & Satellite (1984)
In 1949, George Orwell published a dystopian novel 1984 depicting a dark future in which surveillance and control by tele-communication become a routine, and made a pessimistic prediction that humans will be controlled by mass media in 1984.
As a refutation of Orwell’s prediction, Nam June Paik said, “You were only half right” and directed the satellite TV show Good Morning, Mr. Orwell to show the positive utilization of mass media by means of art. On January 1, 1984, Paik linked New York and Paris live via satellite in collaboration with around 30 teams, 100 artists and 4 broadcasters and aired music, fine arts, performance, fashion show and comedy that cross the borderline between popular and avant-garde art in real time. Above all, these various genres of arts were edited and displayed on one TV screen. This show was broadcast live in New York, Paris, Berlin, Seoul, etc. and is estimated to have been watched by over 25 million TV viewers.
Now, the year 2014, is the time to look into the eyes of ourselves seeing this positive festival in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Good Morning, Mr. Orwell. Today’s global networking system using the internet beyond satellite makes both stronger controls and broadened freedom possible. This exhibition is intended to ask about the possibility of making a new node and link to change this network as well as to pose a question of control/freedom that becomes more complicated and secret day by day.
Hosted and Organized by
Nam June Paik Art Center, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation